Sheriff talks about Mexican drug cartel and it's impact on the Miami Valley
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- A major drug bust in Montgomery County. 14-pounds of crystal meth off the streets.
The drugs are coming from Chihuahua, Mexico straight from the Mexican cartel.
The suspect out of the most recent arrest is sitting behind bars at the Montgomery County Jail. But the sheriff says, he's the not only person they've taken off our streets.
In fact, he says they arrest at least 50 people from the cartel each year.
"They're illegal they cannot live in our country so, when we do get our hands on them, we call ICE," said Sheriff Phil Plummer, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Plummer says, he doesn't waste any time getting the Mexican cartel and their drugs off our streets.
"They're making huge money on these drug runs. Making big money on these drug runs," said Sheriff Plummer.
In just four months, the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force arrested five people.
One of them, is Alejandro Giron. Deputies say had $70,000 worth of heroin.
Another man, Alfredo Parra was arrested with $400,000 worth of cocaine.
Both men are from Chihuahua, Mexico.
In January, they arrested two women from Mexico. Tania Castillo and Clarissa Contreras are accused of having $100,000 worth of fentanyl.
And finally, Manuel Hernandez with $200,000 worth of crystal meth also from Chihuahua.
"Unfortunately we get the same characters over and over. We've deported people four and five times that are bringing drugs to our community," said Sheriff Plummer.
"It comes down to the cartels meeting the supply and demand, it's basic economics," said Kyle Shaw, CEO, and Director of Whole Truth Ministries.
Economics that Shaw, a recovering addict himself, sees everyday.
"This is a multi-faceted epidemic it takes everybody doing their part to even make a dent in it," said Shaw.
A dent that Sheriff Plummer believes, can't permanently happen unless something changes.
"We need to look at just incarcerating them here if they're bringing drugs to our communities. Of course that costs our taxpayers also, but it's got to stop one way or another this has to stop," said Sheriff Plummer.
Sheriff Plummer says, once they contact ICE about the cartel members they usually come and pick them up within two days.
The suspect is then taken to Butler County before being deported.